Domain Filters

Configuration of Keeper Bridge domain filters

A variety of filters are available to enable admins to map specific objects from Active Directory to Nodes, Roles, Teams and Users which can then be Managed by the Keeper Admin Console. It is important to understand what the individual filters do and how to apply them. Each domain can configure a Top Level Node which defines the root object where all filters will be applied. Each domain enabled can then set a Node filter, a Role filter, a Team filter and a User filter. These filters are used to define the objects which will be exported to the Keeper Admin Console.

Back up your Domain Filters somewhere just in case you need them later when moving servers or making changes. Store them in your Keeper vault or in a text file that can be referenced when needed.

Top Level Node

  • The Top Level Node can be set to a Distinguished Name path at any point in the Domain Tree. All applied filters will start from this path. As the name implies the DN Path defined becomes the Root of the organization in the Keeper Admin Console allowing the Admin to define which portion of the tree to export. If the whole domain tree is to be exported the Top Level Node should be left undefined.

Domain Filters - Node

  • Nodes define the Tree in the Keeper Admin Console. This provides a familiar organizational structure when managing Roles, Teams and Users. The default filter defined for all domains will map all Organizational Units with the exception of the Domain Controllers OU. Using standard LDAP filter syntax the OUs map can be reduced or additional objects such as containers could be mapped if necessary.

Domain Filters - Role

  • Roles provide the organization the ability to define enforcement policies for Users grouped in Roles. Having a large number of roles will require more maintenance than having only a few roles. The organization should plan how enforcements will be applied and how many Roles will be required to manage those enforcements. For this reason the default role filter is left blank.

  • By default all Users will be mapped to a default role when they create their account. This default role is visible in the Admin Console and is not part of AD.

  • See "Filter Examples" section for example Role filters if additional Roles are to be defined based on specific security groups. When defining a Role filter only the objects mapped which are present in the Nodes mapped by the Node Filter will be returned.

Prior to configuring users to onboard, administrators may want to configure a user role first. Once the bridge publishes the role. The Keeper Administrator need to configure the role enforcements that they want their users to be be under.

Domain Filters - User

  • The primary function of the Keeper Bridge is to onboard users by sending them an invitation to join the Keeper account. The default filter returns all user objects which are present in the Nodes mapped by the Node filter. The AD Bridge exports users while also maintaining the Role and Team membership status. The AD Bridge will Lock a user's account when the User account has been disabled in AD. If an Active User is removed from the Role filter, the user account is locked, pending deletion by the Keeper Administrator.

Domain Filters - Team

  • Teams provide the ability to share folders within the Keeper Vault to a collective group of individuals. By default the Team filter maps all security groups to Teams which are present in the Nodes mapped by the Node filter. When Teams are exported to the Admin Console they are not distributed to their home location in the Node tree as they are in Active Directory. All Teams are distributed to the Bridge node where the Bridge was created. This keeps all Teams within sharing scope of each other. Teams can then be manually distributed in the Admin Console so as to only allow sharing between certain teams.

Default Filters

  • Default filters are provided which are expected to work for most organizations. Only the Role filter should need modification in a basic implementation. The Node filter maps Organizational Units to Nodes which are used by the Keeper Admin Console to provide a familiar tree structure.

Default Role Filter

The Default role filter is blank. In order to manage user enforcements users must be grouped into Roles. Each Role must be configured in the Keeper Admin Console to set enforcements for the specific User Role. It is suggested that some Security Groups in Active Directory are mapped as roles containing the users which will be joining the keeper organization. For maintenance reasons it is suggested that a select number of groups are used for this purpose. Mapping a large number of Role will require more configuration on the part of the keeper Admin. See custom filter for an example on how to add a role.

Default Team Filter

The default Team filter maps all security groups to Teams. This allows all members of the organization to share records between teams. The objectClass specifies group type object and (using an AND operator: &) any one of (using an OR operator: |) the group types Local, Global or Universal.


Default User Filter

The default user filter maps all user objects. In Active Directory some objects such as domain controllers also have an objectClass of User. To get only User objects an additional parameter is added, (with an AND operator: &) objectCategory of Person.


Custom Filters - Examples

Each filter is defaulted so that most organizations can easily export their domain structure and map objects to Nodes, Roles, Teams and Users. In many cases filters will need to be customized to meet the needs of some organizations. If an Organizational Unit is not mapped as a Node, all objects in that OU path will not be exported even if the Filter for the object type maps the object.

Custom Node Filters

Example to map all Organizational Units as Nodes and excludes the specific OUs Office Users and Home Users. In the example below the OUs Office Users and Home Users and all objects within them will not be mapped even if other filters (Role, Team, User) target the objects within these OUs.

    (!name=Domain Controllers)
    (!ou=Office Users)
    (!ou=Home Users)

Example to map only specific Organizational Units as Nodes. Only Office Users and Home Users are mapped as Nodes. When including specific nodes the grouping with the OR (|) operator is necessary. In the example below only the OUs Home Users and Office Users and objects within them if targeted by other filters (Role, Team, User) will be exported.

    (!name=Domain Controllers)
         (ou=Office Users)
         (ou=Home Users)

An important rule with Node Filtering is that if the OU is not exported, all objects targeted by other filters (Role, Team, User) within the OU will not be exported.

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